05 January 2008
happy new year
i have made two new years resolutions. first of all, to always eat breakfast. a proper one. off a plate if possible. not just a chocolate bar that has bits of cereal or biscuit in and not just a packet of crisps. here is a list of things which i previously considered nutritious breakfasts, but that i no longer think are.
a kit kat
a double decker
a cadburys dairy milk biscuit bar
a lion bar
bacon flavour frazzles
barbecue beef flavour hula hoops
i'm also going to try to not drink as much coca cola and eat so many sweets generally, not just for breakfast. i think i may be sugar crashing six or seven times a day at the moment and i don't think that should be happening. i wonder if that might be why i fall asleep so often. and i worry that i'll make myself diabetic and then i'd have to inject myself with insulin, and i hate needles and veins and it makes my skin feel all itchy on the inside when i think about blood, so anyway, i'm going to try and eat some sort of breakfast every day.
and then my second resolution was to write a weblog post at least once a week, because i only managed it about once a month last year, because i was in a funny mood a lot of the time and often nothing was happening, so i didn't feel like writing. but i'm really looking forward to this year and i want to write more often. and if nothing's happening, then i'll still write. about nothing at all.
today, in her column in the guardian, laura barton wrote about songs she likes to listen to on buses. she describes how she thinks music for bus journeys is different to music for driving to because "sitting behind the wheel you are filled with the exhilarating sense of possibility, the feeling that you could go anywhere", whereas on bus journeys "your destination is always limited by the bus route, and your music is, by and large, confined to your headphones rather than billowing out of a car speaker system." and so, she writes, "the best music for bus journeys always seems characteristically introspective, the kind of music made for dreamers and loners." and so, i'm thinking about my favourite songs to listen to on bus journeys now. the only place i ever really travel around on a bus is london, because i get the train everywhere else. so i don't know if i'd listen to different songs if i went somewhere else on a bus, but i know i like my songs for london buses to be wistful and dreamy. a little bit hopeful but a little bit sad. and that i particularly like songs that swell up from small beginnings, and songs that sound like they're being sung into my ear in little whispers. so here's my top ten songs i like to listen to on buses. it's not the same as the list of songs i like to listen to on headphones on station platforms, but some of the songs are on both lists.
saint etienne – hobart paving
kenickie – lights out in a provincial town
isobel campbell and eugene kelly – time is just the same
glen campbell – gentle on my mind
bright eyes – first day of my life
lambchop – the new cobweb summer
the tindersticks – tiny tears
the field mice – willow
the smiths – please please please let me get what i want
felt – there’s no such thing as victory
i want to go somewhere on a bus now, just so i can listen to all those songs. but it's midnight and the buses don't run after six in my village. oh well. maybe tomorrow.
happy new year
current listening: another sunny day - new years honours